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September 18, 2023

What is the ICD-11, and what's new in the 11º version?

The ICD (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems) is the standard created by the World Health Organization (WHO) that provides a universal language among health professionals, allowing them to share information worldwide.

This is the eleventh revision of this classification and, in this edition, it compiles around 17 thousand unique codes for injuries, diseases, and causes of death. Additionally, more than 1.6 million clinical situations can now be coded by using combinations.

For the first time, the CIE is entirely digital, with a version that is easy to install and use online or offline.

News in ICD-11

◾The current uses of implemented of ICD-11 include causes of death, primary care, cancer registry, patient safety, dermatology, pain documentation, allergology, clinical documentation, data dictionaries, digital COVID-19 documentation, vaccination status and test results, and much more.

◾Coding terminology with the coding tool and API.

◾900 proposals have been processed based on contributions from early adopters, translators, scientists, clinicians, and partners.

◾Clinical descriptions and diagnostic requirements for mental health.

◾New concepts of primary care for application in environments where simple diagnoses are made.

◾A section on documenting patient safety events has experienced a complete review and has been systematically tested. It allows for the necessary level of detail and is consistent with the WHO framework for patient safety.

◾Coding of antimicrobial resistance which did not appear in ICD-10, so that documentation and data analysis is consistent with the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS).

◾HIV coding has been updated with new subdivisions, the deletion of obsolete details, and codes to differentiate the presence of HIV simultaneously with malaria or tuberculosis.

◾New supplementary section for performance evaluation. This section allows functional status to be monitored with pre- and post-intervention notes and it allows the calculation of a summary score related to functioning using the WHO Disability Assessment Questionnaire 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0) and the WHO Disability Model Survey. WHO (MDS) (both domain-specific score and overall total score).

◾All rare diseases have been incorporated.

◾Traditional medicine is an integral part of health services provided in many countries, for example, China, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.

Adoption of ICD-11 in countries

In February 2022, the WHO declared that 35 countries were already using ICD-11. Likewise, this organization has reported that for a government to adopt the recent version, it may need between one and two years in a simple information system, while in other States with a very sophisticated information system, it may take four to five years to apply a new version.

Cirrus code finder

Adhering to the legislation in force in the different Latin American countries, Cirrus has the intelligent ICD-10 code finder to save doctors time and allow them to spend more time with the patient and less time filling out a clinical history.

The ICD converts words from clinical terms to alphanumeric codes, allowing easy identification, standardization, and storage for later reliable information analysis. You can consult the official portal if you want to know about ICD-11 and a code finder in this version.